Political hubbubs in the headlines
"Preet Bharara just bulldozed Albany and then lit the rubble on fire," summarizes VICE columnist Michael Tracey, now that New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver has surrendered to the FBI on corruption charges (news that's received 11,300+ shares). "Cue turmoil," predicts Susan Arbetter with WCNY Syracuse. "That earthquake you felt last night? 'Twas this," asserts Jarrett Murphy of City Limits Magazine. "The fact that Sheldon Silver's lawyer is named Joel Cohen is not the only reason his story would make a great movie," points out NYT's Motoko Rich.
And now you know why BuzzFeed's Ben Smith hails Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York who made it all possible, the most dangerous man in American politics (1,500+ shares). "Go, Preet, go! A prosecutor who crosses 'the invisible lines' of politics and out-investigates the press," praises Vanity Fair's Kia Makarechi. Everyone's favorite part: "Preet jokes he doesn't have enough subpoenas for roomful of bankers. 'Obviously, I'm kidding. I do have enough,'" quotes DNAinfo's Danielle Tcholakian. Insta-hero.
Elsewhere in politics, blatantly hopeful candidates Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are rumored to be meeting soon, raising speculation on presidential race (6,400 shares). "Oh to be a fly on the wall--well actually a meeting btwn Jeb Bush & Mitt Romney in UT could be boring," quips NYT's Jonathan Weisman. Someone had best warn them, however, that Hillary Clinton has double-digit leads over any potential GOP presidential rivals. "Talking point for @JebBush today: He's only losing to @HillaryClinton by 13 sted of 14 for@MittRomney," observes Steven Ginsberg with the Washington Post.
The latest anti-abortion bill is in abrupt flux as female GOP lawmakers raise concerns that the legislation's wording would ruin their shot at women and younger voters (23,200+ whopping shares). "Why it’s important to elect women leaders in both parties," remarks CNN's Sally Kohn. And now for a timely and well crafted offering from The Guardian where seven women share the story of their abortions that cover a span of 42 years. "In 1968, you'd go to get an abortion performed by a masked stranger on a derelict farm. Those stories blow my mind," admits Jessica Reed with the Guardian US.
Abroad, the Netanyahu-Mossad split divides U.S. Congress on Iran Sanctions. Israeli intelligence agency "Mossad again breaks with @netanyahu this time urging congress not to sanction Iran. NOT GOOD NEWS TO REPUBLICANS," concludes "Palestine Pulse" columnist Daoud Kuttab with Al-Monitor. Meanwhile, intercepted Argentine phonecalls detail efforts to shield Iran. "Depressing NYT article on possible Argentine efforts to work w/Iran to cover up the deadly bombing of a Jewish target," reacts Foreign Policy's Yochi Dreazen.
In finance, the European Central Bank's Mario Draghi has led the European Central Bank into a new era with "an historic pledge to buy government bonds as part of an asset-purchase program worth about 1.1 trillion euros." Full-text of his opening statement here. "How QE will actually work. And how it won't," singles out MoneyBeat's Phillipa Leighton-Jones. Simultaneously, billionaire Jeff Greene, who bet against subprime mortgage securities, goes long on U.S. while bemoaning jobs crisis.